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Nearly 700 new COVID-19 cases in El Paso County as new restrictions take effect

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- Wednesday, El Paso County has 693 new confirmed COVID-19 cases. This happens as the county regresses into Safer At Home Level 2.

As of Wednesday, the capacity for restaurants, gyms, indoor events, and more are now limited. For a list of full Level Two restrictions click here.

"What that's essentially going to do is lower the capacities for our larger events and larger business. There won't be an impact on people's individual lives and where they can go or what they can do," said Deputy Medical Director Dr. Leon Kelly.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's daily data update shows the county's two-week incidence rate continues to rise.

The incidence rate is a reported 463.1, as of Wednesday afternoon. Tuesday, the incidence rate surpassed the Stay at Home threshold.

County health officials are attributing a portion of our numbers to the outbreak reported at the El Paso county jail.

"We're up to nearly 500 cases in one day. A lot of that is because of our jail outbreak because those numbers are included in there. But even when you take those numbers out we're well over 300 for a couple days in a row," Kelly said.

He added many of our cases are because people continue to gather in larger groups and ignore their symptoms while continuing to live their everyday lives.

Nearby counties like Denver and Pueblo have been under stricter restrictions to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus for a week. As for how long restrictions will be in place in El Paso County, Dr. Kelly said however long it takes for cases to go down.

Governor Polis addressed the state Wednesday with a short video update, encouraging Coloradans to stay at home and avoid social gatherings.

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Shelby Filangi

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  1. Sorry. I respect the community and will not be careless but I am not shutting down again nor staying home if they go that way. Hospitalizations in El Paso County due to covid are low. Even in spit of the article that say we will reach capacity by December is a lie. That is a few hospitals in Denver.
    DONT forget Colorado Hospital Association are the one who are giving the information to the state they gather from Colorado Hospitals. They just admitted that less than 50% of hospitals are actually reporting to them. So what does that tell you…..

  2. I have a mask!!! I don’t have to worry!!!!
    The mask is 1000% percent effective in stopping the spread. Well, that’s what Im told.

  3. just sad to see more folks lose their jobs, small business, restaurants, and bars go under cuz selfish folks can’t follow a few simple rules to control the virus like staying away from others for a little while El Paso county says ICU’s will be full again here by Dec and I’m sure Thanksgiving gatherings will only hurt

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